Important COVID-19 Exposure and Testing Information:
With the increase in Coronavirus cases in Georgia along with increased demand for testing, we would like to clarify what defines an exposure to COVID-19. The CDC defines an exposure as an individual who has had close contact (less than 6 feet) for greater than or equal to 15 minutes to a person with COVID-19. This is regardless of whether masks were worn by either person. If either one or both people involved were wearing a mask then the risk of contracting the virus is greatly decreased. If you or a family member has been exposed, the CDC recommends all family members stay home for 14 days after the last known exposure, maintain social distancing within your home from other family members at all times, and monitor for symptoms.
Please do not go right away for COVID-19 testing after exposure because it is important to recognize that testing has limitations. Testing only shows active infection at that moment in time. Tests may be negative during the early incubation period (also known as a False Negative) which does not preclude someone testing Positive later within the 14 day period.
If your child has been exposed to COVID-19 or has symptoms concerning for infection, please call the office at 770-751-6111 for further advice. We will recommend either an appointment via Telemedicine or an in-office appointment to determine if testing is appropriate. We are working with outside facilities such as the GA Department of Public Health and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to arrange for testing. We ARE NOT able to test for COVID-19 in our office.
Please be advised:
- Masks are mandatory for entering our office for the protection of all our staff and patients. We are unfortunately not able to hand out masks at this time. You must bring your own mask. You are required to wear your mask at all times even in the exam rooms.
- New Check-In procedure – Temperature check & Risk Questionnaire prior to entry. For the Safety of everyone in the office PLEASE answer all questions TRUTHFULLY and Accurately.
- If you or a family member are awaiting COVID-19 test results or have received results within the last 14 days: Call our office to discuss any upcoming appointments including well check ups.
Please help decrease the spread of coronavirus by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and practicing social distancing whenever possible.
The Preston Ridge Team